On 21st April 2019 Anne & Jonathan Winter set out on a 2,500 mile six-month voyage around Great Britain and Ireland aboard yacht Nova. The purpose was not to break records, but to explore the coast and harbours of these islands, including 12 significant ports.

Collaborating with a think-tank called These Islands, they dug deeper into the history and identity of coastal places, inviting authors and historians to write an article for each of twelve ports.

Now these articles and the story of our voyage is available as a book and e-book, produced in support of The Mission to Seafarers, whom they met along the way.

About Jonathan Winter

Jonathan is a social entrepreneur and lifelong cruising sailor. He holds an RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore qualification and a degree in aeronautical engineering, which fuels his interest in new boat designs. He and Anne live in Oxford and for this voyage sailed GT35-01, first of the GT yachts, designed by Stephen Jones.

About These Islands

Founded in 2017, think tank These Islands believes in the value of the Union that is the United Kingdom. As a “forum for debate”, they carry out research to enable open, well-informed discussion about the plural identities of the people of these islands.

About The Mission to Seafarers

Founded in Bristol in 1835, The Mission to Seafarers provides practical, emotional and spiritual support to the 1.5 million crewmen and women who face danger every day to keep trade moving and economies afloat. The Mission operates through its network of chaplains and Seafarers Centres in over 50 countries.